is there ever “too many” running shoes?

There are many things in life where you can have “too much” of something.  Running shoes is NOT one of them in my opinion.  One of the things that surprised my husband the most when we married (and actually while we were dating) was the amount of running shoes I had.  And it always struck him as funny that when I came to visit him or we went somewhere on a trip, I always packed a pair of running shoes.  But you know the saying “Have shoes, will run”. Seriously, you never know when you’ll find yourself in an awesome location where you can have an epic run.

But I digress. Running shoes.  Do you know who came up with the ridiculous idea that a person can have “too many” running shoes? A non-runner.  I am convinced.  And as for me, do I have lots of running shoes? Not at the moment.  One of the saddest misfortunes in life was losing all my belonging in a fire almost three years ago, including most of my vast collection of running shoes, especially my most favorite of all time-- Asics GEL-Noosa Tri 6.  It was an awesomely looking and was everything to me.  I have to admit that I bought them because of how they looked but once I tried them on they were perfect for me and I loved running in them.

 MY MOST FAVORITE SHOE EVER!!! Too bad subsequent updates ruined it. :(

MY MOST FAVORITE SHOE EVER!!! Too bad subsequent updates ruined it. :(

 Adidas Vigor Bounce

Adidas Vigor Bounce

But now I only have a few but intend in growing my collection again.  I am always on the lookout for a perfect pair of running shoes and in recent years have fallen short. From low drop to beefy ones like Hoka One One, I have found ok shoes but not one that I would rave about (except for the Vigor Bounce trail running shoe).

So, here is what’s in my arsenal (clockwise):

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 HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 3. Love the look and cushioning but it’s a bit much. But just like the Clifton 1, it makes my toes numb. Not sure if it is the angle, but my last three toes get numb.  So I use them for walking and they are amazing.

HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 3. Love the look and cushioning but it’s a bit much. But just like the Clifton 1, it makes my toes numb. Not sure if it is the angle, but my last three toes get numb.  So I use them for walking and they are amazing.

 Saucony Kinvara 3 - good low drop shoe and fast.

Saucony Kinvara 3 - good low drop shoe and fast.

 ASICS NOOSA TRI 8. An update. Not as comfy but still a good shoe.

ASICS NOOSA TRI 8. An update. Not as comfy but still a good shoe.

 Nike MetCon 3 - these are my CrossFit and strength training shoes. I love the slightly elevated platform sole which gives me stability when lifting.

Nike MetCon 3 - these are my CrossFit and strength training shoes. I love the slightly elevated platform sole which gives me stability when lifting.

 BROOKS TRANSCEND. Right now, the shoe I’m using the most if the Brooks Transcend. It is the one that feels the most comfortable and less clunky.  I just wish they stopped squeaking! 

BROOKS TRANSCEND. Right now, the shoe I’m using the most if the Brooks Transcend. It is the one that feels the most comfortable and less clunky.  I just wish they stopped squeaking! 

In all the Saucony and ASICS are awesome for faster speed workouts. So in a way they all serve their purpose.  Of all your shoes, which one is your favorite? Do you have any new shoes you have your eye on?  

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